The world is flat. Well no, not literally.
But a “flat” world would be a proper way to describe the scene at the recently concluded Boxer Madness 2. The spacious multi-level Dela Rosa Car Park in Makati was descended upon by over 200 Subaru vehicles of different models last May 12. Subaru owners and enthusiasts alike gathered to hang out and talk about all things Boxer.
First thing that one would notice is that Boxer Madness 2 was dominated mostly by newer Subaru models; specifically, the VA WRX and WRX STI. In fact, going around the venue you would be able to spot one on almost any corner or going around to find parking. From fully stock units to those fitted complete with everything from the catalog, owners could take up inspiration for their own personal vehicles simply by going around.
Apart from the VAs, there were also a handful of the older GRB and GVF chassis STI present at the meet. Similar to the newer WRX and STIs, these vehicles were mostly modified in one way or another. Some owners opt to just fit new wheels, while other decided to go all out.
One of the fewer models in attendance were the GDB chassis WRX and STI's. Some of these however, were Japan-spec models and were powered by the EJ207. Those wondering about the GC8, there were only two that graced the event. One of which was the rare, wagon variant in the older shade of World Rally Blue.
Apart from the high-performance WRX and STIs, the Toyo-Baru twins also had an attendance. Each stood out from the other by the different color and various levels of performance parts installed. What piqued our interest was this white 86 which sported the rare (and expensive) TRD 14R60 wing.
Moving away from the performance-oriented models, there were also plenty of the more ‘toned-down’ Subaru models such as the standard Impreza’s, Legacy’s, Levorg's, and XV’s. Though these might not be track-ready vehicles, it didn’t stop owners from modifying them to their own likings.
While the Forester is often considered a family-oriented SUV, the owners of some thought otherwise. As it carries the same engine as the WRX, its no surprise to see a handful of FXT’s with performance mods similar to the WRX, from big brake kits to forged wheels. Good compromise for performance and practicality?
A surprise appearance during the meet was the lone Subaru Tribeca. Rather than the typical flat-4, the Tribeca was one of the few Subaru’s powered by a flat-6 boxer engine. When was the last time you saw one on the road?
On-going throughout the day was the raffle draw. As the the event drew into the evening, even more exciting prizes were given away including a brand new set of wheels.
With some of the Subaru’s leaving early, vehicle’s from the rival brand arrived as well to give their support the event. A handful of Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions could be seen littered around the parking lot. That said, as the evening grew more vehicles from other manufacturers also came to hang out with friends.
We can’t wait to see what these ‘flat-earthers’ have in store for the next installment of Boxer Madness. What we are sure of is that expect more cars and builds at the event.